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weekly prayer 03.12.18

Psa 111:1  Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 
2 Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. 
3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. 
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 
6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 
8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 
9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! 
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
 
Faithful and Mighty God,
Praise must be our first response to You. Praise for Your faithfulness. Praise for Your Sovereignty. Praise for Your mercy. Praise that all of these are forever, for You do not change. I can trust You with my whole heart. I can depend upon You.
 
Lord, in all Your majesty and glory, You see me. You know me. You know what I need. You know my weaknesses, and where I fall. You provide redemption, and mercy. Oh, Lord, I want wisdom! I want to follow You! Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for saving me.
 
amen
 

Weariness is Still a Part of Life

Weariness is Still a Part of Life

Mediatations, Beverly Schlomann

I originally penned this post about 3 years ago. Recently I have been impressed with the importance of “reminders” and “remember” in Scripture. We are so prone to forget where our strength lies. We are so prone to forget on Whom we depend. . . The apostle Paul wrote his son-in-the-faith Timothy:  “I want to remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. ” (2 Timothy 1)

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

Consider him [Jesus] who endured such hostilities against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. Hebrews 12:3

Ok. It seems as though the opening verses completely disagreed with the title. But there is a difference between being weary and growing weary.

God knows we get weary.

for he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust. . .Psalm 103:14

Jesus tells us to come to him in our weariness,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. . . Matthew 11:28

The difference is on whom I rely for my strength. Where do I run for my antidote for weariness?

for we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life . . .that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. . .2 Corinthians 1:8-9

I think we all have experienced the consequences of trying to do it all in my own strength, pulling myself up by my bootstraps and gritting my teeth (so who wants to be exhausted,overwhelmed, tripping over your boots and getting a sore jaw from gritting your teeth??)

Being weary is a part of life. Growing weary, ready to give up, feeling despairing and hopeless, is part of the consequence of kindling my own fires, making my own torches. It is relying on myself, rather than on God.

It is exhausting.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, ‘my way is hidden from The Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God?’
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:27-29

Weariness should drive me straight to Jesus. Humility tells me to admit my weakness, and accept God’s strength. God is glorified in my life when I am openly admitting my utter dependence on God’s grace.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

It is God who strengthens me to live another day. It is his power that gives me hope. His power is perfected in my weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12).

Come to Jesus — the right response to weariness.

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